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by Wayfarer
Thu May 28, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 128
Views: 1548

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Anders wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 12:04 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 11:26 am
but only for the sake of the delusional beings enticed by it. :smile:
What, do bodhisattvas never have fun?
only when it's someone else's, from what I've heard.
by Wayfarer
Thu May 28, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 128
Views: 1548

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

LastLegend wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 5:45 am
I am suspecting based on my delusional thought there might be an Arahant on this forum.
Probably among the first things Arahants abandon is the internet. Bodhisattvas, however, might continue to visit, but only for the sake of the delusional beings enticed by it. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Wed May 27, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 128
Views: 1548

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

I certainly feel it can be a lay practice, but a lot does depend on the character of the practitioner, seems to me. Like a lot of people, I got drawn to Buddhism through popular books about Zen, but as a practical matter, it is a demanding path. Not at all like the kind of instantaneous realisation ...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 128
Views: 1548

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

My recent contact with Jodo Shinsu has been salutary. In their view, the path of self-effort (which includes many traditional schools of Buddhism) whilst perfectly sound, is also only really feasible to a very small number of aspirants. As Harold Stewart (an Australian poet who lived the last part o...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 27, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

Entering the search term 'the unconditioned' in Suttacentral returns many interesting results. But if you ask 'what is the unconditioned?' then there can't really be an answer, because all replies to such a question are, as it were, conditional.
by Wayfarer
Tue May 26, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 128
Views: 1548

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

My input is that, from a philosophical perspective, Buddhism has always sought to avoid conceptual absolutes, or ideas or symbols that are taken to represent some purported ‘absolute’. This is because such an effort invariably results in some form of dogmatic view (dṛṣṭi), where the purported ‘absol...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 25, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts

Excellent site and bio. Looks like a formidable scholar.
by Wayfarer
Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

Again, 'eternalism' is not accepting the fact of individual agency or of persons. 'Eternalism' is the religious belief that there is an everlasting essence that will be reborn in perpetuity, forever - hence the name! There's a lot of disinformation and confusion spouted on this forum about this ques...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 24, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1105
Views: 47140

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

another vital point is that the Interent, purely by the nature of the medium, has completely changed the cultural dynamics. Whereas published newspapers had editorial oversight and responsibility for their content, Internet platforms like Facebook routinely deny any responsibility for what they allo...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 23, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

Then a certain brahman approached the Blessed One; having approached the Blessed One, he exchanged friendly greetings. After pleasant conversation had passed between them, he sat to one side. Having sat to one side, the brahman spoke to the Blessed One thus: “Venerable Gotama, I am one of such a do...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 23, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

What is 'essence'? It's basically a term from Aristotle -'esse' being 'that which defines what something is'. Esse is 'essential nature', which confers the identity of the thing. You can take away 'accidents' - color, size, etc - and still retain essence, but if the essence is taken away, then you h...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

Not everything is impermanent. The flux of phenomena are impermanent. If everything was impermanent then the Buddha's teaching would not have lasting validity.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

That’s easy to say.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

Astus wrote: In that context one talks of one's responsibility and such, so there is an agent who acts of his own volition, and then suffers the outcome of those acts.
‘That context’ is existence, life and the living of it.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

A point about 'eternalism'. According to Bhikkhu Bodhi's commentary on the Brahmajala Sutta, 'eternalism' is best understood in the context of the religious and cultural world in which the Buddha taught. Bear in mind that the Buddha himself is said to have recalled all of his previous existences on ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

So one can apply that for the self as well. To say: "There is no self" is nihilistic view. "There is no ultimately existing self" is what Buddha taught. This is the nub of the issue. In the very short text Ananda Sutta , the Buddha is asked straight out by Vachagotta the Wanderer, whether the self ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

This ['afflicted mind'] ceases functioning and what is left is enlightened consciousness, which is defined differently according to various traditions, but has as a common descriptor that it is free of afflictions and stains. You won't find that distinction in the Pali texts, at least not explicitl...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2231

Re: Nihilistic view

In many of those verses, we find the phrase ‘...with the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness...’ as If this in itself is the fulfilment of the teaching. The question could be asked in respect of the question posed by the original post, how is the ‘cessation of consciousnes...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Manjushris Activity
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: Manjushris Activity

by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!

and another (even older) geezer :hi: (in Australia).

Struggle is part of it. What was that old saying? 'The struggle is the glory'.

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